Edward A. Ajhar, PhD
Professor of Physics and Director of the Institute of Technology
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MM, Performance (Conducting), The University of Arizona; SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Phone: 305-628-6720
Office: Carnival Building, Room 121

Dr. Ajhar was a Research Associate at the National Optical Astronomy Observatory from 1992 to 2000 and served on the Hubble Space Telescope Wide-Field and Planetary Camera team (1992—97). From 1999 to 2004, he was Visiting Scientist and Lecturer in the Physics Department at the University of Miami. At STU he served as Department Chair (2005—07) and as Interim Dean of the School of Science (2007—10), founding the School. From 2011—14, he was Program Director and Coordinator of Individual Investigator Programs at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Division of Astronomical Sciences. In 2015 he served the NSF as Expert. Dr. Ajhar’s research interests are in the areas of cosmology, the distance scale, and the large-scale structure and flows of the Universe; the structure, evolution, and stellar populations of galaxies; black holes in galaxies; globular clusters and globular cluster systems; and image analysis and processing.

  • "Reconciliation of the Surface Brightness Fluctuations and Type Ia Supernovae Distance Scales” (E. A. Ajhar, J. L. Tonry, J. P. Blakeslee, A. G. Riess, and B. P. Schmidt 2001), Astrophysical Journal, 559, 584.
  • "The SBF Survey of Galaxy Distances. II. Local and Large-Scale Flows” (J. L. Tonry, J. P. Blakeslee, E. A. Ajhar, and A. Dressler 2000), Astrophysical Journal, 530, 625.
  • "Supermassive Black Holes and the Evolution of Galaxies" (D. Richstone, E. A. Ajhar, R. Bender, G. Bower, A. Dressler, S. M. Faber, A. V. Filippenko, K. Gebhardt, R. Green, L. C. Ho, J. Kormendy, T. R. Lauer, J. Magorrian, and S. Tremaine 1998), Nature, 395, A14.
  • "Hubble Space Telescope Observations of Globular Clusters in M31. I. Color-Magnitude Diagrams, Horizontal Branch Metallicity Dependence, and the Distance to M31" (E. A. Ajhar, C. J. Grillmair, T. R. Lauer, W. A. Baum, S. M. Faber, J. A. Holtzman, C. R. Lynds, and E. J. O’Neil, Jr. 1996), Astronomical Journal, 111, 1110.